We stayed for three nights in late July, 2012. We had three rooms -- two junior suites and a bigger art suite. Overall, this is a very nice hotel. The furnishings and rooms are beautiful. If that is your priority (nice, comfortable, beautiful, first-class rooms), this is your place. Also a great location--very central to everything. And the manager and staff were very helpful. I relied on the concierge a lot for reservations, directions, train tickets, etc. The desk staff performed really well. The bar is also lovely for a drink before going out in the evening.
Here are a few drawbacks to consider, depending on your tastes and needs. The hotel is an "art" hotel, which means there is art scattered around. Some of it is funky and a bit odd, so that might put off some people. Fine for us and our kids, but not if you're looking for old world elegance.
In addition, the hotel does not own the restaurant on the roof. The breakfast is excellent each morning, but it is served in the lobby-level eating area. The rooftop is beautiful but leased to an asian restaurant that seemed essentially impossible to get into. That's a drawback. If you typically like eating lunch or dinner at your hotel, this won't be the place for you. It wasn't an issue for us because there are many very good restaurants close by.
Finally, there is no fitness center or pool.
That's it. Again, the rooms are beautiful. This is a very nice option in Rome, and we would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Awarded 5 stars boutique hotel located in the historical center of Rome, a drop from the iconic shopping streets and The Spanish Steps. The historic building dates back to the nineteenth century and has been completely renovated respecting the original architecture, redesigned with refined colors and natural materials. The First welcomes its guests to venture into the Italian contemporary luxury, with 29 rooms and suites perfectly matching culture and elegance. Each room is curated by a contemporary artist, just like in an art gallery, yours for a few days. Enjoy AcquaRoof dining with breath-taking views of the Eternal city, and the amazing cuisine of Michelin star Chef Alessandro Narducci at Acquolina. ... more less
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